Clinton Township, New Jersey

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Clinton Township, New Jersey
Township
Township of Clinton
Map of Clinton Township in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of Clinton Township in Hunterdon County. Inset: Location of Hunterdon County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Clinton Township, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Clinton Township, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°37′48″N 74°52′02″W / 40.630098°N 74.867202°W / 40.630098; -74.867202Coordinates: 40°37′48″N 74°52′02″W / 40.630098°N 74.867202°W / 40.630098; -74.867202[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Hunterdon
Incorporated April 12, 1841
Government[5]
 • Type Faulkner Act (Small Municipality)
 • Mayor Kevin Cimei (term ends December 31, 2014)[3]
 • Administrator Marvin Joss[4]
 • Clerk Donna Burham[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 33.823 sq mi (87.603 km2)
 • Land 29.876 sq mi (77.379 km2)
 • Water 3.947 sq mi (10.224 km2)  11.67%
Area rank 72nd of 566 in state
5th of 26 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 518 ft (158 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 13,478
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 13,123
 • Rank 185th of 566 in state
3rd of 26 in county[11]
 • Density 451.1/sq mi (174.2/km2)
 • Density rank 450th of 566 in state
14th of 26 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 08809 - Clinton[12]
08801 - Annandale
08833 - Lebanon[13]
Area code(s) 908
FIPS code 3401913750[14][2][15]
GNIS feature ID 0882177[16][2]
Website http://www.township.clinton.nj.us/

Clinton Township is a township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 13,478,[7][8][9] reflecting an increase of 521 (+4.0%) from the 12,957 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,141 (+19.8%) from the 10,816 counted in the 1990 Census.[17]

Clinton Township was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 12, 1841, from portions of Lebanon Township, based on the results of a referendum held that same day. Portions of the township have been taken to form Clinton town (April 5, 1865, within the township; became independent in 1895), High Bridge township (March 29, 1871) and Lebanon borough (March 26, 1926).[18]

Annandale (with a 2010 Census population of 1,695[19]) is a census-designated place and unincorporated community located within Clinton Township.[20]

Geography[edit]

Clinton Township is located at 40°37′48″N 74°52′02″W / 40.630098°N 74.867202°W / 40.630098; -74.867202 (40.630098,-74.867202). According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 33.823 square miles (87.603 km2), of which, 29.876 square miles (77.379 km2) of it is land and 3.947 square miles (10.224 km2) of it (11.67%) is water.[1][2]

Cushetunk Mountain is a ring-shaped mountain located in Readington Township and Clinton Township. Once an active volcano, the diabase mountain was formed 160 million years ago. The Lenape called the mountain "Cushetunk" meaning "place of hogs".[21] In the 1960s, the valley was filled with water to create Round Valley Reservoir, at 180 feet (55 m) in depth the second-deepest in the state.[22]

Also, Lebanon is an independent municipality surrounded entirely by the township.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,369
1860 2,951 24.6%
1870 3,134 * 6.2%
1880 2,133 * −31.9%
1890 913 −57.2%
1900 2,296 151.5%
1910 2,108 −8.2%
1920 1,987 −5.7%
1930 1,856 * −6.6%
1940 2,349 26.6%
1950 2,926 24.6%
1960 3,770 28.8%
1970 5,119 35.8%
1980 7,345 43.5%
1990 10,816 47.3%
2000 12,957 19.8%
2010 13,478 4.0%
Est. 2012 13,123 [10] −2.6%
Population sources:1850-1920[23]
1880-1890[24] 1890-1910[25]
1910-1930[26] 1930-1990[27]
2000[28][29] 2010[7][8][9]
* = Lost territory in previous decade.[18]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 13,478 people, 4,568 households, and 3,444 families residing in the township. The population density was 451.1 per square mile (174.2 /km2). There were 4,737 housing units at an average density of 158.6 per square mile (61.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 86.43% (11,649) White, 6.01% (810) Black or African American, 0.20% (27) Native American, 3.90% (525) Asian, 0.04% (6) Pacific Islander, 1.79% (241) from other races, and 1.63% (220) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.60% (755) of the population.[7]

There were 4,568 households of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.14.[7]

In the township, 24.1% of the population were under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 33.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 116.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 121.3 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $120,565 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,904) and the median family income was $147,689 (+/- $10,532). Males had a median income of $106,898 (+/- $7,766) versus $73,264 (+/- $11,810) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $52,700 (+/- $6,064). About 1.7% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.[30]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[14] there were 12,957 people, 4,129 households, and 3,253 families residing in the township. The population density was 431.9 people per square mile (166.8/km²). There were 4,234 housing units at an average density of 141.1 per square mile (54.5/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.71% White, 6.96% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.35% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.59% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.91% of the population.[28][29]

There were 4,129 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.1% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.23.[28][29]

In the township the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 118.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 124.8 males.[28][29]

The median income for a household in the township was $96,570, and the median income for a family was $106,448. Males had a median income of $77,229 versus $46,762 for females. The per capita income for the township was $37,264. About 0.3% of families and 0.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.[28][29]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

Clinton Township is governed by the Faulkner Act (Small Municipality) form of government. The Faulkner Act allows municipalities to adopt a Small Municipality form of government only for municipalities with a population of under 12,000. The government consists of a Mayor and a four-member Township Council, with all positions elected at large in partisan elections. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a three-year term of office. Council members serve a term of three years, which are staggered so that two council seats come up for election each year that the Mayor's seat does not.[5]

The Mayor is the township's executive official and is responsible for selecting the Municipal Clerk and Assessor, which are subject to confirmation by the Township Council. The Council is the township's legislative body and is responsible for ordinances, resolutions and the annual budget, as well as most hiring other than those positions delegated to the mayor. The mayor presides over and is eligible to vote at council meetings, but has no veto power.[31]

As of 2012, the Clinton Township Council consists of Mayor Kevin Cimei (term ends December 31, 2014), Jim Imbriaco (2012), John Lazarus (2013), Peter Marra (2012) and Harmen Vos (2013).[32]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

Clinton Township is located in the 7th Congressional District[33] and is part of New Jersey's 23rd state legislative district.[8][34][35]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township).[36] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg)[37][38] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[39][40]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 23rd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Michael J. Doherty (R, Washington Township, Warren County) and in the General Assembly by John DiMaio (R, Hackettstown) and Erik Peterson (R, Franklin Township, Hunterdon County).[41][42] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[43] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[44]

Hunterdon County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, who serve three-year terms of office at-large on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held each January, the freeholders select one member to serve as the board's Director and another to serve as Deputy Director.[45] As of 2013, Hunterdon County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Robert G. Walton (Hampton, 2014),[46] Freeholder Deputy Director J. Matthew Holt (Clinton Town, 2015),[47] John King (Raritan Township, 2015), George B. Melick (Tewksbury Township, 2013)[48] and William G. Mennen (Tewksbury Township, 2013).[49].[50] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Mary H. Melfi (Flemington, 2014),[51] Sheriff Fredrick W. Brown (Alexandria Township, 2013)[52] Surrogate Susan J. Hoffman (Kingwood Township, 2013).[53][54]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 8,817 registered voters in Clinton Township, of which 1,433 (16.3%) were registered as Democrats, 3,861 (43.8%) were registered as Republicans and 3,517 (39.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 6 voters registered to other parties.[55]

In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 58.7% of the vote here (4,279 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 39.2% (2,859 votes) and other candidates with 1.3% (98 votes), among the 7,289 ballots cast by the township's 8,975 registered voters, for a turnout of 81.2%.[56] In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 64.0% of the vote here (4,389 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 34.1% (2,340 votes) and other candidates with 0.7% (60 votes), among the 6,863 ballots cast by the township's 8,143 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 84.3.[57]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 70.5% of the vote here (3,662 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 20.4% (1,058 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 7.5% (391 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (30 votes), among the 5,196 ballots cast by the township's 8,869 registered voters, yielding a 58.6% turnout.[58]

Education[edit]

The Clinton Township School District serves children in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 school enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[59]) are Spruce Run Elementary School (PreK-1; 311 students), Patrick McGaheran School (2&3; 340 students), Round Valley School (4-6; 555 students) and Clinton Township Middle School (7&8; 458). Students in grades 7 and 8 from Lebanon Borough attend the district as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Lebanon Borough School District.[60]

Public school students in grades 9 through 12 attend North Hunterdon High School in Annandale as part of the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. in addition to students from Clinton Township, North Hunterdon High School serves students from Bethlehem Township, Clinton Town, Franklin Township, Lebanon Borough and Union Township.[61]

Immaculate Conception School (PreK-8, in Annandale) operates under the supervision of Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.[62] In September 2013, the school was one of 15 in New Jersey to be recognized by the United States Department of Education as part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, an award called the "most prestigious honor in the United States' education system" and which Education Secretary Arne Duncan described as schools that "represent examples of educational excellence".[63][64]

Transportation[edit]

Annandale is a New Jersey Transit railroad station on the Raritan Valley Line, in the Annandale section of Clinton Township. There is a station building that is no longer used and there are two small shelters. This station has limited weekday service and no weekend service. NJ Transit offers bus service on the 884 route.[65]

Interstate 78, Route 22 and Route 31 all pass through Clinton Township.

Notable people[edit]

Notable current and former residents of Clinton Township include:

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